We already knew it's happening next month. Now we know exactly which day.
It's been a long time coming. After delays all because of the coronavirus pandemic, the reborn Ford Bronco is nearly here. Earlier this month, the Blue Oval announced the Bronco SUV will debut next month but did not provide an exact date. Today, however, that date has been confirmed. Ford has just announced the Bronco will officially premiere on Thursday, July 9. The news was confirmed with a post on the automaker's official Instagram page with the caption simply reading "07/09/20. The Wild Returns."
The debut itself, we can assume, will be a live virtual event because of ongoing pandemic-related safety concerns. Over the past several months, we've learned more and more details about the new Bronco and it will clearly be a true SUV with serious off-roading capabilities.
Not only will it ride on a body-on-frame architecture with four-wheel-drive, but it'll also be offered with both two- and four-door body styles and numerous other configurations such as removable doors. It'll be, without question, the most serious rival the Jeep Wrangler has seen in years.
Under the hood, we expect to find the same 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo-four with 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque that's found in the Ranger mid-size pickup truck. One optional engine will very likely be the F-150's twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 with 325 hp and 400 lb-ft. Power will be sent to all four wheels through either a 10-speed automatic or a seven-speed manual, though that seventh gear will be a "crawler" gear for low-speed driving.
At a later date, it is possible Ford may offer a diesel engine or even a V8. A Bronco Raptor is also a possibility and the latest report claims it would be powered by the same 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with upwards of 400 hp and 415 lb-ft found in the Explorer.
Above all, we can now officially proclaim the Ford Bronco debut countdown clock has started. The wait will soon be over. Finally.